What is a Landscape Character Asessment?
The aim of a Landscape Character Asessment is to formally describe and classify different landscapes. The assessment takes into account factors that have helped shape a landscape including geology, ecology and use by people. It also outlines how landscapes should be conserved and managed.
The Wokingham Borough's Landscape Character Assessment was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Guidance Document (SPG) on 29th April 2004. This followed consultation with the general public.
What is in the Wokingham Borough Landscape Character Assessment?
This report, attached below, contains chapters covering:
· Physical influences
· Landform and hydrology
· Agricultural capability
· Ecological character
· Historic environment
The report then characterises the landscape into a series of 14 landscape types and 30 character areas with a detailed description of each.
How it will be used
The results of the study will help guide landscape management decisions, including those having regard to planning applications. The Supplementary Planning Guidance will also feed into our new planning policies that will form part of our Wokingham Borough Local Development Framework.